|Name||Bulphan Church of England Academy|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
|Inspection Date||26 September 2012|
|Address||Fen Lane, Bulphan, Essex, RM14 3RL|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||82 (53% boys 47% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||16.3|
|Academy Sponsor||The Diocese Of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||13.6%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||13.4%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is much smaller than the average primary school. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups, or speaking English as an additional language, is below average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action or school action plus is broadly average. No pupils currently have a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and for whom the school receives additional income (the pupil premium) is broadly average. The school has experienced turbulence in its leadership. The current headteacher, appointed substantively in April 2012, has been the sixth post-holder in 12 years. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The school has improved since its last inspection and now provides a good standard of education for its pupils. Pupils make good progress throughout the school and leave with above average attainment by the end of Key Stage 2. Pupils behave well, are courteous to visitors and those around them, and they mostly have good attitudes to learning in lessons. Pupils have a good understanding of how to stay safe, including when using the computer. The quality of teaching is good, and pupils make good gains in their learning as a result. The best lessons are lively, engaging, and challenge pupils to think for themselves. The headteacher, staff and governors have high expectations of success and have worked hard to make the school better. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted very well, and the school is a harmonious and caring environment in which to learn. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is some variation in the quality of teaching between classes and subjects. Pupils are sometimes not given enough opportunities to work things out for themselves. Middle managers do not make enough checks on pupils’ learning, and their plans for improvement are sometimes not precise enough in identifying how success will be measured.